Boise City city, Idaho

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Boise City city, Idaho

Boise City city, Idaho
Nickname(s):The City of Trees
- Total:205.671 (2010)
- Density:2.570,9/sq mi (998,4/sq km)
Area code(s):208
Time zone:MTS (UTC-7)
Summer Time zone:MDT (UTC−6)
- Total:81 sq mi (208 sq km)
- Land:80 sq mi (206 sq km)
- Water:1 sq mi (2 sq km)
- % water:0,96 %

Quick information summary of the Boise City city area.

Boise City city is located in the state of Idaho. It occupies the area of 81 square miles. 1 square miles are water areas and 80 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Boise City city lies at +43.5984881, -116.2310843 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 205.671 living in the Boise City city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (88.97%), Asian (3.16%) and Two or More races (2.98%). Median age is 34 for the males and 37 for the females.

Boise is the capital and the largest city in the US state of Idaho. It is the county seat of Ada County, the center of the Boise Metropolitan Area, which is the largest metropolitan area in the state and the third most populous metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

According to the 2010 US Census, the population of Boise is 205.671. The city is located on the Boise River and occupies a land area of 64 square miles. Boise is known as “The City of Trees,” and official city motto is “Energy Peril Success.”

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Statistical data for the Boise City city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
182,99188.97 %
Black or African American alone
3,0431.48 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,4040.68 %
Asian alone
6,5013.16 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
4570.22 %
Some Other Race alone
5,1392.50 %
Two or More races
6,1362.98 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Boise City city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Boise City city part within the Subdivision
Ada County 392.365- Boise City city part205.671
Boise City CCD 314.155- Boise City city part192.800
Boise Hills CCD 5.850- Boise City city part1.416
Eagle CCD 34.313- Boise City city part1.742
Orchard CCD 19.106- Boise City city part9.713

Profile of the Boise City city

History of Boise City

Idaho, as well as the area of present-day Boise, was inhabited by Native American tribes (Nez Perce, Kootenai, Shoshone-Bannock and Paiute long before the first explorers came with the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805. The expedition opened the way for fur traders, who travelled along the river they called “La Rivie Bois” meaning woods or forests. This is how Boise got both its name and its nickname. In 1834, Hudson Bay Company built Fort Boise to support the fur traders in Idaho. The fort on the Boise River was located some 40 miles from present-day Boise and it was abandoned twenty years later, mostly due to the frequent confrontations with the Indian tribes.

In the 1840s, thousands of immigrants passed through Boise area following the Oregon Trail. Gold was discovered in 1862, which prompted the construction of the new Fort Boise in 1862, with the town site just next to it. Once this fort was built, the town started to grow quickly. It was the center of distribution and commerce for farmers, traders and homesteaders. New immigrants were attracted to Boise by its steady economic growth and beautiful surroundings. The city was incorporated and proclaimed capital of the Idaho Territory in 1864. However, most of the growth was owed to the gold deposits in the area and once the Gold Rush was over, the city population dropped significantly. The construction of the territorial prison and of the US Assay Office helped maintain the city economy and the remaining population.

Construction of dams in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century solved the long-lasting problem of water direction, supply and irrigation. The dams are also important in flood control and for recreational purposes.

Gepgraphy and Climate of Boise City

Located on western Idaho, on the Boise River, the city sits at the 2,704 feet above sea level. The city itself is flat but it is surrounded by mountains, called Boise Foothills, sometimes considered to be the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The climate is semi-arid, with hot and dry summers and cold winters. Springs and falls are mild. Precipitation is not very frequent and it is usually light.

Boise City Population

In 2010, the ethnic and racial makeup of Boise consisted of 91% Whites, 6.9% Hispanics or Latinos, 3% Asians, 1.3% Blacks, 0.1% Native Americans and 2.3% of two or more races. The neighborhoods in Boise include Downtown, which is the cultural and business center of the city, with pedestrian zones, Boise Art Museum, Boise Zoo and Basque Block; The North End, with older homes and beautiful tree-lined drives, West Boise, with the Boise Towne Square Mall, many restaurants, strip malls and residential housing, and The Bench, which is situated at a higher elevation and contains older residential neighborhoods.

Boise has the largest Basque community in USA and the fifth largest one in the world. The community is very active and vibrant and presents an important part of the Boise culture.


Much like in other state capitals in the USA, the state government is one of the largest employers in Boise. Other large employers include Micron Technology, IDACORP, Idaho Bancorp, Syringa Bancorp, Boise Inc. and American Ecology Corp. Large companies with headquarters in Boise include, WinCo Foods, Albertsons LLC, J.R. Simplot, Boise Cascade LLC and Idaho Timber.

Technology and high-tech industry started growing recently in Boise, and another fast-growing center is the call-center industry, with companies such as T-Mobile, Teleperformance and DIRECTV. According the Forbes Magazine in 2008, Boise was the second-best place for business and career and it was also voted most secure place to live in a survey by Farmers Insurance in 2006.

Culture and Education

Boise is a regional center for jazz, rock and indie music and hosts the Gene Harris Jazz Festival. Some of the famous bands and musicians from Boise include Built to Spill, Josh Ritter and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. It is also an important regional center for theater, with companies such as Prairie Dog Productions, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Boise Contemporary Theater. The museums in the city include Discovery Center of Idaho, Idaho Historical Museum, Boise Art Museum, Basque Museum and Cultural Center and several more.

The institutions of post-secondary education in Boise include Boise State University, satellite campuses of University of Idaho and Idaho State University, as well as a number of technical schools.


Boise does not have a major league professional sports team but it has a minor league baseball team called Boise Hawks, a minor league hockey team called the Idaho Steelheads and a minor league basketball team Idaho Stampede. It is also the home of a female roller derby team called Treasure Valley Rollergirls.

Boise City Transportation

Boise Airport provides commercial air service to the Boise area. Public transportation in the city consists of ValleyRide bus lines and the city plans to build a streetcar system as well.

Two interstate highways pass through Boise - I-84 and I-184. Many residents of Boise ride bikes and the city provides a good network of bike paths, most notably the Boise River Greenbelt.

Statistical data for the Boise City city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
182,99188.97 %
Black or African American alone
3,0431.48 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,4040.68 %
Asian alone
6,5013.16 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
4570.22 %
Some Other Race alone
5,1392.50 %
Two or More races
6,1362.98 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
191,06592.90 %
Hispanic or Latino
14,6067.10 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
191,06592.90 %
White alone
175,31091.75 %
Black or African American alone
2,9011.52 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,1070.58 %
Asian alone
6,3983.35 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
4320.23 %
Some Other Race alone
3090.16 %
Two or More races
4,6082.41 %
Hispanic or Latino
14,6067.10 %
White alone
7,68152.59 %
Black or African American alone
1420.97 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2972.03 %
Asian alone
1030.71 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
250.17 %
Some Other Race alone
4,83033.07 %
Two or More races
1,52810.46 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
50,64759.10 %
Husband-wife family
37,94174.91 %
Other family
12,70625.09 %
Male householder, no wife present
3,84530.26 %
Female householder, no husband present
8,86169.74 %
Nonfamily households
35,05740.90 %
Householder living alone
26,20574.75 %
Householder not living alone
8,85225.25 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Boise City city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Boise City city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Boise City city center


  • Saint Alphonsus Helistop [1.62 mi] [2.61 km]
  • Saint Lukes Heliport [2.12 mi] [3.41 km]


  • Boise City Fire Department Station 3 [2.6 mi] [4.19 km]
  • Ada County Paramedics Medical Station 53 [2.6 mi] [4.19 km]
  • Boise City Fire Department Station 8 [0.65 mi] [1.05 km]
  • Ada County Paramedics Medical Station 68 [0.65 mi] [1.05 km]
  • Bureau of Land Management Idaho State Office [2.83 mi] [4.55 km]
  • Boise City Fire Department Station 6 [1.88 mi] [3.03 km]
  • Ada County Paramedics Medical Station 54 [1.83 mi] [2.94 km]
  • Boise City Fire Department Station 1 [2.52 mi] [4.05 km]
  • Ada County Paramedics Medical Station 58 [2.21 mi] [3.55 km]


  • Bennett Lateral [1.94 mi] [3.13 km]
  • Hyatt Lateral [1.33 mi] [2.14 km]
  • Penninger Lateral [1.16 mi] [1.86 km]
  • Thomson Lateral [0.99 mi] [1.6 km]
  • Bubb Canal [2.29 mi] [3.69 km]
  • Loggers Creek [2.77 mi] [4.45 km]
  • Farmers Lateral [0.64 mi] [1.02 km]
  • Boise City Canal [1.91 mi] [3.08 km]
  • Rust Lateral [1.77 mi] [2.86 km]


  • Morris Hill Cemetery [0.62 mi] [0.99 km]
  • Pioneer Cemetery [2.28 mi] [3.68 km]


  • Fivemile Community Church [3.22 mi] [5.18 km]
  • Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel Synagogue [0.45 mi] [0.73 km]


  • City of Boise City [0.33 mi] [0.54 km]


  • Saint Alphonsus Hospital [1.62 mi] [2.61 km]
  • Saint Lukes Hospital [2.17 mi] [3.49 km]
  • Saint Lukes Hospital [2.18 mi] [3.5 km]


  • Hillcrest Country Club [0.97 mi] [1.56 km]
  • Hillcrest Plaza [0.91 mi] [1.46 km]
  • Vista Village Shopping Center [0.92 mi] [1.48 km]
  • Franklin Towne Center [2.54 mi] [4.08 km]
  • Boise Towne Square [2.48 mi] [3.98 km]
  • Old Boise Plaza [1.85 mi] [2.98 km]


  • Bowden Park [0.54 mi] [0.87 km]
  • Julia Davis Park [1.64 mi] [2.63 km]
  • Noble Park [2.12 mi] [3.41 km]
  • Ann Morrison Park [1.12 mi] [1.8 km]
  • Ayres Park [1.08 mi] [1.73 km]
  • Aldape Park [2.81 mi] [4.52 km]

Populated Place

  • Vernon [3.58 mi] [5.76 km]
  • Perkins [2.18 mi] [3.51 km]
  • Boise Junction [1.36 mi] [2.19 km]
  • Boise [1.73 mi] [2.78 km]


  • Hawthorne Elementary School [1.54 mi] [2.48 km]
  • Hillcrest Elementary School [1.12 mi] [1.79 km]
  • Carden School of Boise [2.73 mi] [4.39 km]
  • Whitney Elementary School [0.73 mi] [1.18 km]
  • Garfield Elementary School [2 mi] [3.22 km]
  • McKinley Elementary School [1.6 mi] [2.57 km]
  • The Elementary Montessori School [0.68 mi] [1.09 km]
  • South Junior High School [0.61 mi] [0.98 km]
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Sacred Heart School [0.14 mi] [0.23 km]
  • Monroe Elementary School [0.25 mi] [0.41 km]
  • Borah Senior High School [1.43 mi] [2.3 km]
  • Jackson Elementary School [2.11 mi] [3.39 km]
  • Bishop Kelly High School [1.94 mi] [3.13 km]
  • Jefferson Elementary School [0.3 mi] [0.48 km]
  • Franklin Elementary School [0.71 mi] [1.15 km]
  • Boise State University [1.66 mi] [2.67 km]
  • Adams Elementary School [2.89 mi] [4.65 km]
  • Campus School [1.29 mi] [2.08 km]
  • Maple Grove School [3.16 mi] [5.09 km]
  • Northwest Passages Adolescent Hospital Special School [1.85 mi] [2.98 km]
  • Boise Christian School [0.59 mi] [0.95 km]
  • Intermountain Hospital School [1.88 mi] [3.03 km]
  • Ada County Juvenile Center [1.69 mi] [2.72 km]
  • East Junior High School [2.17 mi] [3.49 km]
  • Roosevelt Elementary School [2.54 mi] [4.08 km]
  • West Boise Junior High School [1.47 mi] [2.37 km]
  • Prickett School [2.6 mi] [4.19 km]
  • Horizon Elementary School [3.77 mi] [6.06 km]


  • Freestone Creek [1.86 mi] [2.99 km]


  • KGEM-AM (Boise) [1.19 mi] [1.91 km]


  • Boise Valley [1.22 mi] [1.96 km]

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